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THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington

Behold, a new look for the online sensation that’s captivated more than 100,000 readers, a fantasy debut perfect for fans of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST (US | UK | AUS) is a classic tale of power and destiny that fantasy fans won’t want to miss:

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It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them – the Gifted – are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion’s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is…

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.

The ebook is on sale now and the hardcover is available for preorder now, release date November 8, 2016. Begin the journey now!

Cover design by Lauren Panepinto. Illustration by Dominick Saponaro.

Cover Launch: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE by Peter Higgins

Gathered together for the first time is Peter Higgins’s complete, classic tale of myth and war: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE.  Reflecting the book’s epic scope and mysterious, dark plot is the brilliant cover design by Kirk Benshoff. Keep an eye out for Wolfhound Empire on September 6th!

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A spectre is haunting the empire—the spectre of war.

Huge stone creatures have fallen from the sky, their bodies littering the countryside. Blood-hungry golems are used to fight a never-ending war for political power. Secret police crush insurgency wherever it’s found.

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to Mirgorod to quell a new rebellion within the city limits. He’s been called because he’s an outsider. Because he isn’t enmeshed in the city’s politics. And because of the piece of stone embedded in his forehead.

“An amazing, fast-paced story in a fantasy world poised dangerously on the edge of quantum probability.” – Peter F. Hamilton

“Will grab you by the lapels and snap you to attention.”— io9

“Higgins’s world is a truly original creation.” – Hannu Rajaniemi

“Like vintage Mieville or Vandermeer, but with all the violent narrative thriller drive of Fleming at his edgiest.” – Richard Morgan

“Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Cover Launch: FEEDBACK by Mira Grant.

Introducing a new beginning, and long-awaited, full-length novel return, to Mira Grant’s New York Times bestselling Newsflesh series: FEEDBACK.

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We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against the brother and sister blog superstars, the Masons.

Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they must hit the presidential campaign trail and uncover dangerous truths. Or die trying. 

FEEDBACK is a full-length Newsflesh novel that overlaps the events of the acclaimed first novel in the series, Feed, and offers a new entry point to this thrilling and treacherous world. 

For news and updates on FEEDBACK, sign-up for the official Mira Grant newsletter.

Praise for the Newsflesh series:

Astonishing …a fascinating exploration of the future.” – New York Times

“Perfect summer apocalypse reading.” – io9 on Feed

Gripping, thrilling, and brutal.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Feed

As much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious.”—The A. V. Club on Feed

“A wry and entertaining exploration of the way political corruption never stops – even after the zombie apocalypse.”—NPR Books on Blackout

“Zombie mayhem, political snark, and pointedly funny observations.” – Locus on Feed

Intelligent and exciting…raises the bar for the genre.” Telegraph on Deadline

“Feed is a proper thriller with zombies.” – SFX on Feed

“Campy and yet smart, horror with heart, a summer beach read that will stay in your head.” – RT Book Reviews on Deadline

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Design by Lauren Panepinto & Rob Sheridan

A New Look for the Immortal Empire series by Kate Locke

Introducing the new look for the Immortal Empire series in Premium MM coming out next summer.

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The undead matriarch presides over a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. It’s a world where the nobility are infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key — the prize — in a very dangerous struggle.

The fantastic start to The Immortal Empire series that continues with the spectacular undead books, The Queen is Dead and Long Live the Queen.

“Delightfully hard-boiled.”
—Locus

“Will leave readers breathless.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Super-cute.”
—RT Book Reviews 

Art Credits: Cover Design – Wendy Chan; Cover Images © Shutterstock

Cover Launch: TAKE BACK THE SKY by Greg Bear

We are pleased to unveil the cover for TAKE BACK THE SKY, the anxiously awaited final book in Greg Bear’s beloved War Dogs trilogy. Cover design by Kirk Benshoff.

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Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn’s moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn and his comrades face double danger from Earth and from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are really doing in our solar system.

Haunted by their glassy dead and by the ancient archives of our Bug ancestors, the former combatants must now team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination and their training, and journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists’ home world, a Sun-Planet in the comet-generating Kuiper belt. It’s here that Master Sergeant Venn will finally understand his destiny and the destiny of every intelligent being in the solar system — including the enigmatic Gurus.

Praise for the War Dogs series:

“Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity, Bear’s series launch is a tempest of rousing SF adventure with a dash of Peckinpah.” — Publishers Weekly

“Packed with adventure and incident…and conveyed with gritty realism.” — Kirkus

“Bear, as a writer, seems almost more at home on the deadly flats of Mars and in the memory-haunted chambers of the eastern Drifter than he does back on planet Earth.” – San Diego Union-Tribune

“Keeps the thrills coming.” — Shelf Awareness

“Readers familiar with Haldeman’s The Forever War, Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, or Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series will feel right at home…a novel of big ideas and philosophical exploration.”— Booklist

Cover Launch: CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS and two more novels by Lila Bowen!

We’ve acquired two more novels by Lila Bowen, author of WAKE OF VULTURES (US | UK | ANZ). As you know, Wake of Vultures has had a ton of praise — and we’re excited to have a new series look coming this fall.

The new novels will both star Nettie Lonesome, or Rhett which is the name he goes by now. And they’re going to knock your socks off. Don’t believe me?

 

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Check out these reviews!

“A warm-hearted winner.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Absorbing.” — Kirkus (starred review)

“Awesome.” — B&N.com

“But if one of the things you enjoy about reading fantasy is getting to see different worlds, strange magics, and unique characters, and… well… just generally having new experiences in general. Then yeah. Then you owe it to yourself to read this. Because I’m willing to bet, just like me, you’ve never seen anything like it before….”
— Patrick Rothfuss

“WAKE OF VULTURES is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it’s a wild bronco of a read that’ll leave you breathless for more.
— Rachel Caine

Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie’s story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie’s journey.”
— Jim C. Hines

“I don’t care what else you’ve seen in the bookstore today. Buy this book because it’s the thrilling, delightfully written, and important one you’ve always wanted to read.
— Kevin Hearne

WAKE OF VULTURES doesn’t just fly — it soars. Delilah S. Dawson brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, with a voice that’s weird and wonderful. Dawson is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good.”
— Chuck Wendig

Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen’s Nettie Lonesome earns a place among the legends of the Weird West.”
–Matthew Strover

“Wake of Vultures is a ferocious, fascinating take on the magical Old West – creatively and unsentimentally grim, yet rich with hope and heart.
— Cherie Priest

Nettie Lonesome kicks major ass. There is something strange and wonderful going on in Lila Bowen’s head. It’s the weird west fantasy that I never knew I’ve always wanted to read. Now I need more!”
–Wes Chu

Design by Lauren Panepinto
Photos by Arcangel Images

Live Free or Die Again: Cover Launch for THE CORPORATION WARS: INSURGENCE

We’re excited to launch the cover for INSURGENCE, which is the second volume in the Corporation Wars by Ken MacLeod, a space opera trilogy which gives a robot’s eye view of a robot revolt. The cover is designed by Little, Brown Book Group designer Bekki Guyatt:

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The Corporation Wars Book One: DissidenceLook out for THE CORPORATION WARS: DISSIDENCE, the first in this trilogy, releasing next month:

One of SFX magazine’s Most Anticipated Books for 2016, DISSIDENCE is an epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space

Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he’s been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he’s not sure he’s fighting for the right side.
Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap, and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other ‘freebots’, Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.

As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.

Praise for Ken MacLeod:

‘Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global’
Peter F. Hamilton

‘MacLeod’s novels are fast, funny, and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky’
Kim Stanley Robinson

‘MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read’
SFX

Cover Launch: BEHIND THE THRONE by K. B. Wagers

If you want a heroine who’s as rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey then look no further than K.B. Wagers’ debut novel Behind the Throne, which features a world far into our future, and far from our galaxy. Here’s a fabulous sneak preview of the cover, designed by the inimitable Lauren Panepinto.

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Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

This action-packed novel is the first in the new Indranan War series that is equal parts action and intrigue, with intergalactic battles and warring kingdoms. Available on August 2, 2016 – preorder your copy now!

US: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Google Play | iBooks | Indiebound | Kobo | Chapters

UK: Amazon | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Waterstones

Design by Lauren Panepinto
Images by Rekha Garton/Arcangel Images and Shutterstock Images

Cover Launch: THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis

Below is the gorgeous cover for THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis, the sequel to The Rising and the third and final novel in a stunning series of revolution by Ian Tregillis. (UK | US | ANZ) Cover design by Wendy Chan.

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I am the mechanical they named Jax.

My kind was built to serve humankind, duty-bound to fulfill their every whim.

But now our bonds are breaking, and my brothers and sisters are awakening.

Our time has come. A new age is dawning.

Read the reviews below to see just why Ian Tregillis is being lauded as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.

“The first thing readers will say after finishing this splendid book is: “Wow.” The second thing will probably be: “When can I read the next one? . . . This is a rousing SF/fantasy adventure, with a brilliantly imagined and beautifully rendered alternate world.” Booklist

“One of the sharpest, most intelligent, hugely compelling works I’ve read this year.” Forbidden Planet International

“The Mechanical is as intricate and exquisite as the clockwork wonders it brings to life.” NPR

“His characters are as convincing as ever, the plotting is beautifully articulated . . . readers with an interest in dark, intelligent fantasy will find much to admire here.” Kirkus

“The rich characters and gripping story really make this tale soar.” Publishers Weekly
“A hugely entertaining novel.” SFX

“Absolutely fascinating, and unapologetically clever.”Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“So absorbing that readers will be dying for the next entry in this new series.” Library Journal

“This book is truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before . . . I can’t wait to see what the next installment in The Alchemy Wars will bring.” Bibliosanctum

Look out for THE LIBERATION in December 2016.

Cover launch: CHASING EMBERS by James Bennett

Chasing Embers by James Bennett, a contemporary fantasy novel perfect for fans of Ben AaronovitchDo you ever feel like there’s something more to your city than meets the eye?

Have you ever sensed a touch of magic simmering beneath the streets?

Do you ever wonder about the myths intertwined in our folklore – and whether there’s any truth to them?

You could just be right. Because this Autumn, something’s about to be let loose…

Today we can reveal the cover for CHASING EMBERS (UK/US/ANZ), a spectacular debut fantasy novel coming in September from author James Bennett.

If you’re a fan of the books of Ben Aaronovitch, Benedict Jacka, Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, this contemporary fantasy is about to sweep you off your feet . . .

Get ready to meet Red Ben Garston. He’s a rascal, a rogue and an anti-hero who will stand shoulder to shoulder (and likely end up in a tussle) with the likes of Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Peter Grant and Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and a very big secret hiding under his skin.

Intrigued? See the below info and stay tuned for more soon . . . It’s available for pre-order now.

Behind every myth there is a spark of truth.

There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar.
Or so he’d have you believe.

What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he’s also known as Red Ben. He can’t let you know that the world of myth and legend isn’t as make-believe as you think, and it’s his job to keep that a secret. And there’s no way he can let you know what’s really hiding beneath his skin . . .

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because a centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

Something’s been hiding in the heart of the city – and it’s about to be unleashed.

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